MELTING VINYL PRESENTS: BC CAMPLIGHT – SOLO PIANO + GRACE LIGHTMAN + CAPT. LOVELACE
The New Jersey-born singer/songwriter combines sunny indie pop with darker lyrical themes that reflect his personal struggles; he makes his highly anticipated return and will be playing an intimate solo show.
Lost treasure needn’t be found in the distant past; the 21st century hides many artists who disappeared into the great wide yonder. BC Camplight, the alter-ego of American songwriter Brian Christinzio released albums in 2005 and 2007, both gems of a certain psych-pop vintage, combining eloquent songwriting with a self-destructive bent.
This sublime talent with the kenning vocal and fearless approach to lyrical introspection has thankfully returned with his new album How to Die In The North (out on Bella Union), recorded in his newly adopted home of Manchester. The LP is a fantastically rich, stylistically diverse trip. From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on sixties sunshine-pop, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstoppers and a grand finale that’s part Nilsson and part Broadway show tune.
Far from dying, BC Camplight has been reborn in the North.
‘[On ‘How to Die in the North’] Melodic and eccentric, this is a multi-layered beauty’ Q Magazine ★★★★
‘Not only a remarkable return, but also a songwriting master-class that will hopefully see BC Camplight embark upon a second act worthy of his talents’ Record Collector ★★★★
Support comes from Grace Lightman who started out fronting London psych-rockers The Hypnotic Eye before going solo. After a chance meeting with producer and collaborator Patrick James Pearson at a gig in early 2015, the pair immediately bonded over a mutual admiration for sixties sci-fi, Twin Peaks and sad songs, Grace began shaping her songs and sound in earnest.
Born in Arcachon Bay France, Beatrice settled in Norway then returned to France and Bordeaux at 20, and now resides in Brighton. An adventurer, in love with the quaint European rail network that serves as an escape from the geeky computing world she inhabits for a living. ‘Capt. Lovelace’ refers as much to pornographic actress Linda Lovelace as to the world’s first computer programmer Ada Lovelace. Beattie has shared stages with Tom Brosseau, Girlpool, Mike Watt & The Missing Men and released her debut EP /* Preview Pane */ on Damnably in August 2015. Beattie is currently working on a new EP of French songs which will be out soon.
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